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Forest Bathing in the Woods of Gwent

  A beautiful Bluebell Wood. This spring I have focused my photography on new areas beyond my usual haunt of Goldcliff Lagoons and have been exploring several wonderful local woods. Life for me is busy at the moment and at times the stresses and strains of life have left me in a real need of opportunities to get outdoors with nature. I am fortunate to have some great woods on my doorstep where I can spend some time "Forest Bathing" to detox and destress from all the hustle and bustle. Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit the woods of Gwent. The woods are full of life. It's like a botanic explosion has occurred with flora and fauna of all kinds coming into life and making an appearance. Walking through the woods is a real sensory experience. The eyes are dazzled with an array of different colours, lots of fresh greens, the whole spectrum of coloured flowers, Yellow celandine, the white of the Anemones, Pinks of the Red Campions, and more yellows from Wild D

Some different visitors this morning

Its amazing the variety of animals that live in or along the river. This morning I watched a fleet of Swans swim by with their signets and then a small flotilla of female Goosander nervously fished in front of the hide.

A Common Sandpiper foraged on the river bank close to the waters edge near my hide. Frustratingly its never in my cameras view so I have been unable to get a photo without disturbing it.

I heard something eating and looked down and watched a Grey Squirrel eating directly in front of me.

Quite a few Kingfishers around but did not visit the perch. Instead I had to make do with a Chiff Chaff for company.

On packing up today what struck me most was how clear the river water was and it was full of fish fry.


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